Hoop Roche has been part of family-owned Erie Plastics since 1961, a full-time employee since 1972 and became president in 1981. He has had a variety of assignments in the company his father co-founded in 1960, including sales, operations, plant management, strategic planning, customer relations and employee relations. He acquired majority interest in the firm in 1988.
Corry, Pa.-based Erie Plastics is a two-plant, $85 million injection molder that produces packaging for multinational consumer-product companies, including Procter & Gamble, Alcoa, Gillette, Wyeth Laboratories and the Minute Maid Food division of Coca-Cola. It specializes in high-volume, high-cavitation, thin-walled packaging products that typically involve secondary decorating, assembly or packaging operations.
In addition to Roche´s Erie Plastics responsibilities, he is also very active in the local community including: chairman of the Council of Fellows at Penn State University/Erie (home of their nationally recognized plastics program), and chairman of Plastics Pennsylvania (a recently formed industry trade group for the state´s plastics industry).
Roche is a 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an MBA from American University. Prior to working at Erie Plastics, he spent three years in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He has been recognized in his industry as the Society of the Plastics Engineers´ Man of the Year and Employer of the Year in Erie County. In recognition of his community activities, he also has been chosen Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System.
Erie Plastics currently is planning additional regional expansions in North America as well as global joint ventures in Hungary, Mexico and other locations.